The 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2016, was held in Hamburg, Germany from August 21-24, 2016 at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH). It was sponsored by the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE) and was co-organized by the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) and Hamburg University of Technology.

Following the congress theme “Towards a Quieter Future”, more than 900 high-quality contributions can be found within the proceedings in hand, addressing all relevant fields related to noise and vibration control. Topics ranging from A (for active control) to W (for wind turbines) include scientific ideas, latest innovations, and state-of-the-art applications. The proceedings present a valuable source of information not only for scientists but also for practicing engineers working in areas such as measurement techniques, traffic noise, auralization, building acoustics, industrial noise, numerical acoustics, noise & health, psychoacoustics, sound quality, soundscape, urban sound planning, noise policy, and education – to name but a few.

In addition to the presentation of the technical papers, the congress included a plenary on historical and philosophical views of noise in our society, a plenary on the future, which focused on the basic mechanisms of sound analysis in the human brain, and four keynotes that deepened insights into aircraft, road, and train traffic noise as well as underwater acoustics.
Moreover, a Manfred Heckl Memorial Session was organized as well as a special public outreach symposium entitled Buy Quiet, and six sponsored short courses.

Immediately following INTER-NOISE 2016, three satellite symposia wrapped up the event in Berlin, Germany. These symposia, which focused on Building Acoustics, European Noise Policy, and Soundscape & Psychoacoustics, were organized in cooperation with the Technical University of Berlin as well as the Acoustics, Noise Control, and Vibration Engineering Standards Committees of DIN and VDI.

We all know that writing high-level conference papers takes a lot of time and is a rather considerable task. As those responsible for the conference, we would like to thank all the authors and session organizers for their contributions to the event and for their efforts to make the proceedings such a complete work. Special thanks in this regard go to Judith Galuba and Bernd Zeitler for their tremendous work when finalizing the program. We also would like to extend our gratitude to the colleagues of the supporting committees and the organizing team for their great help and cooperation. Finally, we wish to express our sincere appreciation to the sponsoring and supporting companies, institutions, and associations that made the conference possible.

It has been an honor for us to support global noise and vibration control activities through the organization of INTER-NOISE 2016. We sincerely hope that when looking back, all participants will remember the days in Hamburg and Berlin as particularly prosperous and interesting, spent soaking in a great deal of useful information, meeting old and new friends, and finding some time to simply enjoy the ambiance of the conference.

Otto von Estorff, Conference Chair
Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp, Conference Co-Chair
Wolfgang Kropp, Technical Program Chair